THE HONORABLE JOANNE F. ALPER
Judge Alper has served on the Circuit Court for the Seventeenth Circuit of Virginia since June 1998. Prior to serving on the Circuit Court, she served as judge of the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court for the Seventeenth Judicial District as well as chief judge of that court. Before being elevated to the bench, she was in private practice in Arlington.
Judge Alper earned a B.A., magna cum laude, from Syracuse University and a J.D., with honors, from George Washington University Law School. Her professional service includes serving as President of the Arlington County Bar Association; President of District 4 of the National Association of Women Judges; President of the Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and Chair of the Family Law Section of the Virginia State Bar Association. She is past president of the Syracuse University National Alumni Association, where she was Vice President and Chair of the By-Laws, Nominating, and Awards Committees.
Judge Alper is currently a member of the Board of Advisors of the Syracuse University College of Law and a member of the Syracuse University Board of Trustees; a member of the Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission; a member of the Virginia Model Jury Instructions Committee; and a member of the Education Committee of the Virginia Judicial Conference.